Friday, April 13, 2012

The Cabin in the Woods Review

Being that it's Friday the 13th what better way to celebrate than getting together with a bunch of friends to watch a horror movie, or better yet, head out with your friends for the weekend to a creepy, remote, rundown cabin in the woods.

There is so much more to this movie than the trailer leads you to believe. And it's difficult to write about The Cabin in the Woods without potentially revealing spoilers, so I won't say much. The plot line goes something like this: Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods and bad things happen. You may think you've walked into the wrong movie based on the first five minutes, in which two technicians have a discussion at the water cooler about everything but the film's main plot. Not to worry though, everything makes sense in the end... or does it?

Filmed in 2009, director
Drew Goddard manages the impossible. He ends up turning the entire horror genre up side down, only to toss it around a few times. Literally. And as you watch, you will notice recognizable horror movie images and familiar plot lines all over the place, which was intentional and brilliant. The first half of the movie plays to the formula of your basic classic horror movie, "if you hear strange noises outside... have sex," but the end is where the real magic ensues. Chaos breaks free and just when you think you have this movie figured out it takes you to a whole new level of uncharted territory.

Nothing can prepare you for where
The Cabin in the Woods goes in its last 30 minutes. It's a trip. I will say, though, the movie's not nearly as scary as the trailer leads you to believe and it doesn't quite explain everything, but I still thoroughly enjoy it. It's one of the best horror movies I've seen in a long time. What makes this movie so great is that it is seriously like no other horror movie out there. It's weird, gory, creepy, crazy, shocking, surprisingly funny and above all... original.

What did you think?


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